For the grand finale of the first year of our Lunchtime Lyrics series, Pranathi Diwakar (singing), Nikhil Mandalaparthy (on violin), and Akash Dixit (on tabla) will perform the 14th song of Jayadeva’s Gitagovinda.
The text and Barabar Stoler Miller’s translation are available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1289US_Ljn-fwRwBVavQx8kaSRhnwP91Dv5JowAsr9aM/edit?usp=sharing
Please, note that we will meet in Foster 103.
Krishna with Radha in a Forest Glade: Folio from the Second Guler Gita Govinda Series. Collection Barbara and Eberhard Fischer
This week we will read two songs by Vidyapati and Govindadas from Harivallabh’s Wishing Stone of Nightly Songs (Kṣaṇadāgītacintāmaṇi). Pdf of the texts and translation.
To continue with our spring celebratory mood, Akshara and Tyler will read a poem on the month of caitra.
Kavipriyā (1601 CE)
Keshavdas. Keśav Granthāvalī. Edited by Vishvanath Tripathi.
Allahabad: Hindustani Academy, 1987.
Vasant poetry session! In this special gathering we will read our favorite spring poems. The texts will be made available on the blog over the weekend and distributed when we meet on Monday.
Vasanta ragini. Deccani muraqqaʿ (18th AD). Walters Ms. W.669, Album of Indian miniatures and Persian calligraphy
A poem by Hafiz translated by Ayelet: https://uchicago.box.com/s/quj8a1kiuxrrt4bwnnislcykstx3cqvc
A few verses from Munir Lahuri‘s Mazhar-i gul (a mathnawi in which the poet describes the natural beauty of Bengal) translated by Thibaut: https://uchicago.box.com/s/980c8w5a57oyg6pcezq7t6nprqye4cao
This week Nikhil will read Telugu compositions from Carnatic music by Tyagaraja and Annamayya. You will find the texts and translations on this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oqFvVoxr-Ye2O2HuCM0bx1IhCUaTx25dB4DMNDjbpB4/edit
This week begins with a sākhi (essentially a didactic dohā or couplet) by the poet-saint Sundardas (1596-1689) of the Dadu Panth religious tradition of Rajasthan. Sundardas is known for bringing a highly literary and scholastic style to the so-called nirguṇ (‘without-qualities’) tradition of bhakti in north India. This nirguṇ tradition of thought (developed among several religious communities of the period) espouses a belief in an ineffable Divine that lies beyond everyday sensory experience; the tradition correspondingly criticizes saguṇ (‘with-qualities’) conceptions of God, including those that imagine God in anthropomorphic forms. This often includes critiques of image-worship and temple-based ritual, and the social structures that are implicated within them. Continue reading
This week we will read a description of the glorious body of the “light of Muhammad” from Muhmmad Shafi’s Bengali Nurnama (Chittagong, 17th AD).
Here are the text (Middle Bengali in Arabic script) and the translation (the final version will be distributed on Monday): https://uchicago.box.com/s/s5rkpbzrudxbx3cbg8hfzs2o2ah4bmej
This text is part of a book project that I (Th. d’Hubert) am currently working on (see the synopsis and TOC here).
For the last Lunchtime Lyrics of the Quarter, we will read a hikayat by Sawda. See the text and translation here: https://uchicago.box.com/s/xfahmzbd09obj4jbw2tq38cg1b2f50q7
This week Sanjukta will read Dakani ghazals by Wali Dakani. We will distribute the texts and translations on Monday.
Pdf of the gazals and their translation: https://uchicago.box.com/s/mq8otk76ds7q6ks7u5b8r5c7zk1k1sh7
Supurna will read Bengali poems from the 1930s and 40s. See the handout here: https://uchicago.box.com/s/2xqxq2dm16irwf4cvg8uwbay7pq9dkzw